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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 23, 2014

Fairfield bowlers outgunned in Ottumwa

Ottumwa bowler rolls perfect game
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Jan 10, 2014

The Fairfield and Waukee bowling teams traveled to Ottumwa for a triangular Thursday.

The varsity boys and girls finished third, as Ottumwa would go on to win both matchups. Ottumwa outscored Fairfield 3314-2651 in the boys’ match and 2881-2205 in the girls’ match. Waukee finished second in each competition.

“Even though we placed third in both the girls and boys, our players experienced some personal bests,” Fairfield bowling coach Lisa Greenig said.

Individual high scores was Fairfield’s focus going into the matchup. If each bowler focused on achieving their personal best score of the year, then the team score would end up higher as a result.

The boys’ team bowled 10 season best scores out of 15 games. Chet Vogt, Brayden Miller and Wyatt Stark each bowled two season high games in the first round. Kyle Ruckman bowled a 195 in game one of round one, which was the varsity boys’ high score on the day.

“Instead of focusing on the win-loss aspect of the meet, we asked our kids to focus on personal bests,” Greenig said. “There were several who rose to the challenge.”

It’s tough to win a match when a person on the other team bowls a perfect score, which the Trojans found out first hand. Ottumwa’s Joe Lee bowled a 300 in game two of round one, and that was after already bowling a 254 in the previous game.

Madelyn Swan led the Fairfield girls by bowling an overall 334 in round one. The girls started the second round with four strikes in a row, and improved scores across the board. Jami Nelson’s 160 was the second highest score bowled by the Trojan girls.

The Trojan rollers will host conference foe Washington at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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